SAN FRANCISCO--You've spoken (as have listeners of National Public
Radio), and the verdict is in: If your electric vehicle has to make
sounds at low speeds, you'd prefer the Jetsons. Or one of those
weird Hollywood-inspired alien sounds. Or the old playing
Last week, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
opened the commenting period for proposed mandatory sounds that EVs
and PHEVs would have to make under 30 kph an hour. We asked (and NPR
must have been peeking over our shoulder) what sounds you'd like to
hear coming from EVs.
Here's what EE Times' readers suggested in part (although I'm
partial to Walter Greene's comment: "
Adding noise is ridiculous.")
- Ride of the Valkyries (Robotics Developer and MOHAA)
- Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang (eBum)
- Jetsons (Dr. J, Johnspeth,
- Card-in-the-spokes (RxM, Teddyw, Louis.McKean)
- Road Runner's Beep-beep (Dave1010101)
Read on for more clever offerings from inspired engineers.
Over at NPR, listeners had similar ideas.
The federal commenting period runs for another couple of months, so
you can make your suggestions even more formal!
Separately, I offered free dev boards to commenters and will be
reaching out on email to see if you're interested. If you don't hear from me, feel free to shoot me a note.
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